St James' Cemetery

On 12th January 1829 the sandstone quarry on St James' Mount was handed over to the Diocese of Liverpool for use as a graveyard. This quarry had been worked for many years, and the stone was used the city's original docks and for buildings such as the Town Hall. Many prominent people were buried here, including William Huskisson, killed by the world's first passenger train. His memorial (shown below) was erected in the cemetery in 1836. The graveyard was laid out by John Foster, the original planner and architect of Canning area. The ramps which can be seen here were built to allow funeral processions to descend at a stately pace, and there are vaults cut into the rock below them. Click to enlarge
Memorial to William Huskisson

from 'Undergound Liverpool' by Jim Moore, published by Bluecoat Press

This spectacular view (above) shows Gambier Terrace, Canning Street and Hope Street across the cemetery. I don't have information about when it was taken, but looking at the cars and the soot stained buildings, I think it may have been in the 1940s or early 1950s. Also, the railings to Hope Street appear to have been replaced by a temporary wooden fence. During World War Two, many public railings were taken away for scrap to help the war effort.

A gravestone in St James' Cemetery

If you want to know more about the Cemetery, check out Mike Faulkner's new site.